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Re: Girls Weekend Away in December
A great half-way place between LA and Bay Area is Cambria. It's a coastal
town that's easy to get to off of the 101 (about 20 minutes to the coast
on highway 146, I believe). It's not super cheap but there are a lot of
nice motels and some pricier hotels in town. Not sure what it would run
you in the winter for a room. I went last summer at stayed with the
family in a suite at the Cambria Pines Lodge - a little fancy and it was
definitely on the expensive side ($350/night) but I think you could
probably sleep 4 adults per suite. They offer massages on site there to
guests and to folks staying in town, I believe, so you could always stay
in a hotel and head up to the lodge for a treatment. Many restaurants in
town of varying quality. We really enjoyed Robin's for both lunch a
Our extended family (13, 15 boys, 50ish and 80) is meeting half
way in Cambria for a few days to celebrate 80 yr birthdays. We
will visit Hearst Castle - but what else is there to do nearby??
Both of the 80 year olds are a bit teetery in their feet. Got
any restaurant advice too? 15 year old is skate boarder.
trying to avoid teenage misery and find fun!
We stayed in Cambria a couple of years ago for a week and a half
while some work was being done on our house in Berkeley. Cambria
is a charming place, but there's not much to do for a longish
stay if you're looking for set activities. It's a good place to
just walk along the beach and relax and enjoy the views. But for
unsteady 80 year olds, I'm afraid the nice trails along the
cliffs would be too much.
Downtown Cambria is boutique-y with lots of little local shops -
it kind of reminded me of downtown Montclair. There are some
For little kids there is a pretty nice playground right at the
beach. I imagine if the weather is nice, that would be a good
spot for a multi-generational picnic. I don't know what to
recommend for teens here.
I don't know if the elephant seals will be around at your
particular time of year, but if they are, it's an amazing sight.
Their reserve is just a few miles up the coast from Cambria.
For us, Cambria was a good jumping-off point for local travels.
We spent a couple of days wine tasting in the Paso Robles area,
and one day we drove through San Luis Obispo down to Morro Bay
(a great place I've visited since childhood!) Morro Bay does
have a phenomenal skate park that my 15 year old nephew is nuts
about. It's right out at the rock - you can't miss it.
Anyway, good luck. I hope you're staying in a nice place. We
rented a house with a view of the ocean, and most days we were
quite content to hang out and enjoy the view.
central coast lover
We just returned from Spring Break in Cambria with 13, 12, and
6 y.o. girls, and grandparents in their 80's. The grandparents
came with us on one of the Hearst Castle tours, but beware that
there is a fair amount of walking, inc. stairs. We rented a
house through http://www.calcoastvacationrentals.com. If you
are interested, I recommend the place at 360 Fallbrook. Hot tub
in yard, close to steps down cliff to tidepools, close to ranch
where you can walk for a long time. Very comfortable place, but
steps up the front, then steps up to main level or down to
other bedrooms. Re: activities for the teens, I suggest the
beach at Morro Bay to boogie board or that board that one
throws down and slides on when the surf is going out. The water
is a little cold right now, but you can rent wetsuits in town
if you want. We just braved the cold with our swimsuits. San
Luis Obispo seemed like a mellow town with college students
which might appeal to your teen boys. We went to the mission,
then just browsed in town before going to the beach. Lots of
interesting eateries along the embarcadero at Morro Bay. I
didn't see any skateboard parks, but he could skateboard along
the streets in Cambria suburb. Have fun - we had a great time
and are ready to go back!
I got back from Cambria yesterday, and we had a lovely time w/
our kids (all of whom are younger than yours.) It's a pretty,
sleepy small town, in a spectacularly gorgeous setting. Just
north of town, there is an elephant seal reserve where, from the
parking lot, you can see elephant seals w/ their pups by the
dozens basking in the sand, as well as sea otters frolicking in
the waves. In the center of town, there is a skateboard park for
your 15-year old. One night, we went out to a very tasty,
reasonably priced dinner at Robin's, a small pleasant restaurant
in town. (The main dining room was pretty hot and stuffy, but
there's a lovely deck with outdoor heaters.)
There are a number of beaches where you can go boogie-boarding,
and you can rent kayaks at several places. (W/ three-year olds
in tow, we didn't get out on the water.)
We were told there's a beautiful farm outside town called Linn's,
where them make their own ollallieberry pies -- very highly
recommended. You can find out more at their restaurant, also
called Linn's, which is on the main drag in town. Have fun!
Re: Central Coast Beach with a one-year-old
My cousin got married in Cambria about 2.5 years ago. We got to
take a peek at where they were staying--The Fog Catcher Inn. It
was very pretty, right by the water. You can check out their Web
site at fogcatcherinn.com.
We stayed at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria over spring
break. My 3 children are older but they loved the gardens, pool,
cats and overall ambience. A wonderful breakfast is included in
the room rate and there is a restaurant on site. Avila Beach is
great for kids.
We're looking for a nice place to stay in Cambria (near San
Simeon)for a few days in June. We will be a group of 5,
including my mother and our two kids, ages 8 and 5. We prefer a
place on Moonstone Beach, with a pool, and not too rustic for
Mom's sake! Thanks!
I recently wrote about this but I'm sure it's too recent to have
been archived already. We stayed at the Fog Catcher Inn on
Moonstone Beach. It was quite nice (definitely not rustic),
reasonably priced, has a swimming pool, pretty grounds, and a
nice buffet breakfast included in the cost. I believe they also
have suites for larger groups.
Re: Weekend of solitude for mom (March 2003)
I personally love Cambria, down the coast about 3 and 1/2 hours
on 101, 4 hours if you take highway 1 down. They have motels
(my room hada fireplace) in the $65.00 a night range - good
restaurants, nice hiking nearby and wonderful ocean front. They
have sea lions (I think) that have their babies right on the
beach - I thought that was cool.
Hearst Castle is nearby and clearly your choice.
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